AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White owned a 32-20 edge in shot differential but were unable to find the back of the goal, as the No. 10/8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to No. 5/4 Elmira College, 4-0 Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Orr Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 9-5-2 on the season, while Elmira improves their overall ledger to 13-2-2. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 27 when they travel to archrival Williams College for a 7 p.m. NESCAC bout.
Earning a quality scoring opportunity midway through the first stanza, first-year Eliza Laycock nearly got the Purple & White on the board as she beat a defender in a footrace and ripped a shot on target from the bottom of the left circle, but Kelcey Crawford proved up to the task and made the glove save.
The Soaring Eagles claimed a 1-0 edge 11:12 into the opening period, with Katie Granato tallying her team-leading ninth goal of the year. Racing into the offensive zone down the left boards, Granato sent a wrist shot from the bottom of the circle through the legs on the Amherst netminder.
Sara Culhane '17 made a bid to even the score with 6:44 on the clock, corralling a pass in the high slot before quickly turning and sending a snap shot on frame, but the attempt deflected off the toe of Crawford.
Attacking on the power play six mintues into the second stanza, Lynndy Smith '17 had a solid opportunity collecting a leading pass from Caitlyn Ryan at the right faceoff dot and powering a shot on net, however the Elmira goalkeeper came across the crease to record the block.
Doubling Elmira's lead, Kristin Chivers made it a 2-0 game with 2:32 to play, as she gathered a pass from Meghan Fonfara in the high slot. Turning towards goal, Chivers rifled a wrist shot into the bottom left corner.
The Purple & White almost cut the deficit to one at the 58 seconds mark with Katie Savage '18 and Alex Toupal '18 entering the offensive end on a 2-on-1, but Toupal's shot from the left hash rang off the crossbar.
Shannon Strawinski converted on a breakaway 3:12 into the final period to make it a 3-0 contest, sliding a shot through the five-hole and into the nylon.
Recording her second goal of the outing, Granato notched what proved to be the game's final score with 9:34 remaining in the third. Getting her stick on the puck in a scrum in front of the net, Granato poked the puck over the goal line.
- In goal, Bailey Plaman '18 (5-2-1) made 16 stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while Crawford (6-1-0) registered 32 saves in between the pipes for Elmira in the win.
- The Purple & White owned a 32-20 edge in shot differential, including a 14-8 advantage in the second period.
- Neither team was able to find the back of the net on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-5 and Soaring Eagles going 0-for-4.